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Richardson v. Chapman
Citation:175 Ill.2d 98, 221 Ill.Dec. 818, 676 N.E.2d 621
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Keva Richardson was a 23-year old college graduate who worked as a flight attendant with American Airlines. She met Ann McGregor during the flight attendant training program. The two became roommates and moved to the Chicago area after the completion of their training. One evening, Richardson drove with McGregor as her passenger. Their car was stopped at a traffic light when it was suddenly struck from behind by a semi-trailer drive by Chapman. Both Richardson and McGregor were injured as a result of the collision. Richardson’s spinal cord was severely damaged, resulting in quadriplegia, or paralysis from the neck down. At trial, the jury awarded Richardson $22,358,814 in damages for past and future medical care, disability, disfigurement, and pain and suffering. McGregor was awarded $102,215 for past medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Chapman challenged the amount of damages awarded to the plaintiffs. Specifically, he contended the jury awarded Richardson $1.5 million more for future medical costs than the figure estimated at trial by Richardson’s expert. The intermediate appellate court rejected Chapman’s challenge. He appealed to the Supreme Court of Illinois.
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